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Purity and Provocation: Dogme 95 (BFI Modern Classics)by Mette Hjort
Synopses & Reviews
The audacious, attention-grabbing, tongue-in-cheek filmmaker's manifesto that was Dogme 95 has had a massive international impact. Coinciding with the arrival of cut-price digital technology, the aesthetic creed proposed by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) and Lars von Trier (The Idiots) has resonated with young and indie filmmakers in all continents and been credited with a revival of radical back-to-basics guerrilla-style filmmaking. Many argue it has changed the critical terms in which art and popular cinema are discussed and that it has had an impact on a much wider range of contemporary arts from dance to computer games.
This new book brings together leading scholars from a number of disciplines--film studies, literature, philosophy--in order to focus on some of the keyhistorical and conceptual issues associated with the manifesto's original formulation. In addition to identifying many of the epistemological and aesthetic puzzles to which Dogme 95 gives rise, the book looks at the relationships posited between the avant-garde and popular cinema, the role of "minor cinemas" in a world dominated by Hollywood, and the history and future of art-cinema as a means of cultural exchange between national cinemas.
First in-depth study of the Dogme 95 film movement by leading scholars
An in-depth look at the implications of the filmmaker's manifesto, "Dogme 95". Illus.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Filmography: p. -229.
About the Author
Mette Hjort is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Film Studies at the University of Hong Kong and Associate Professor in Aalborg University in Denmark. She has written, edited and co-edited a number of books, including Cinema and Nation (2002) and The Danish Directors: Dialogues on a Contemporary National Cinema (2001). Scott MacKenzie is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia. He is co-editor of Cinema and Nation (2000) and author of Screening Quebec: Quebecois Cinema, National Identity and the Public Sphere. (2002).
Table of Contents
Introduction, Mette Hjort and Scott MacKenzie
The Dogma Manifesto: Antecedents and Extensions
'Kill Your Darlings: Lars von Trier and the Origin of Dogme 95'
'Film-makers of the World Unite! Dogme '95 and the Film Manifesto
'Characterisation and Performance: Dogme '95 and New American Cinema'
'Dogme '95 and the Danish "New-New Wave"'
No?l Carroll and Sally Banes,
Dogme '95 and Film Theory
'Creativity and Constraint'
'The Director Must Be Credited: Authorship, Auteurism and the Films of Dogme '95'
'Artistic Self-Reflexivity in The King is Alive and Strass'
'Naked Film: Dogma and Its Limits'
Dogme '95: National and Transnational Dimensions
'Decoding D-Dag: Multi-Channel Television at the Millenium'
'The Lovers and French Contemporary Cinema'
'Indie Cinema and Dogme '95'
Mads Egmont Christensen
'Dogme 95 and Marketing'
'Dogme 95: A Small Nation's Response to Globalisation'
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